Makeup Review: Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss

As a 90s kid, my preference for matte lip colors is just innate. I treat lip glosses as a product you use when you want to have a little fun or when you want to be a little extra.

So, when I saw Kosas recently launches their Wet Lip Oil Gloss about a month ago, I found it cute. When I got the package, I decided to seriously give glosses a try. That’s how me, a matte lip believer ended up bring five lipglosses to my vacation.

During the first few days was a struggle, to be honest. The hybrid lip treatment applied like a gloss, with a bit of heaviness to it. It left my lips feeling sticky and I have to reapply more frequently, which are pain points for me but I don’t have to retouch every hour, which is what I do with other lip glosses.

The wet lip look is what really got me hooked. This left my lips looking fresh and cute, my whole fave jollier and more youthful. The moisturizing benefit, with the gloss containing hyaluronic acid, peptides, and evening primrose oil, also greatly helped with me enjoying this, especially on a -15 degree weather. My lips were never chapped or dry. The color payoff is also commendable as with a few swipes, it was able to provide an even color to my uneven-colored lips.

I use Jelly Fish (clear) as a topper if I want my matte lip colors to have an extra sheen and Bikini Nude (nude) when I want to highlight my nude lipstick. Malibu (pink), Jaws (blood red), and Fruit Juice (magenta) when I want a one-and-done shiny color on my lips. I reach for Jelly Fish and Fruit Juice the most because I just love how it looks on me.

I still prefer the Weightless Lip Color but the Wet Lip Oil Gloss is its fun and moisturizing cousin you just can’t easily ignore, especially on a fun night.

The Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss were provided by @kosas . Available for $27 at kosas.com

Skincare and Makeup Review: Frank Body Lip Products

Just look at these gorgeous-looking lip products from Frank Body.

Their Lip Scrub ($14.95) smells exactly like the body scrub and it’s an easy way to exfoliate my lips. It contains coffee, sugar, cold-pressed macadamia oil, and beeswax so it smells and tastes so sweet before leaving it feeling soft and moisturized.

At night, I apply the Lip Balm ($11.95), which contains coffee arabica seed oil, vitamin e, coconut, and grapeseed oils, and lanolin to soothe, hydrate, and nourish the lips.

It’s similar to most lip balms but I like the packaging, specifically. It’s easy to carry around, especially when my lips are extremely dry. It dispenses products easily the texture and weight of the balm feel light.

For some color, the Taupe-Less And Cherry Bomb Lip & Cheek Tints ($11.95 each) uses lanolin, coconut oil, coffee seed oil, and honeycomb to moisturize and hydrate the lips while adding some tint. Taupe-Less has a nude tint while Cherry Bomb offers a wine-colored tint that looks fun. Both offer a slight sheen but it applies thinner than the lip balm, making it feel lightweight.

The Shimmer Lip Gloss can be used alone or as a topper to your matte lip color if you’re feeling celebratory. It has glow dust, coffee seed oil, grape seed oil, citrus extract, and lanolin to moisturize with an additional oomph to your look.

The Frank Body Lip Scrub, Lip Balm, Taupe-Less And Cherry Bomb Lip & Cheek Tints, and Shimmer Lip Gloss were provided by @frankbody. Available at frankbody.com

Skincare and Makeup Review: Seraphine Botanicals Carrot + Rose Hydrating Cream, Camelina + Strobe Luminizing Primer, Happy Hibiscus Blush, and Berry + Juice Lip Gel

For the past few weeks, my morning routine is composed of the products sent over by Seraphine Botanicals, a vegan, cruelty-free brand.

I start with the Carrot + Rose Hydrating Cream ($19), which is formulated with glycerine to soothe, nourish, and moisturize the skin. This moisturizer feels lightweight on the skin. It sinks in quickly after application and doesn’t leave a greasy feel. It has a creamy texture and has a very light sweet scent to it. I only wear this on colder days as I need more hydrating products when it’s warm and humid.

I really enjoy luminzing primers so I immediately played with the Camelina + Strobe Luminizing Primer ($18). It contains rose hydrosol and camelina seed oil to provide a smooth and radiant base before makeup application. It applies lightly on the skin and serves as a good makeup base, especially when I’m going for a dewy look. I also like to apply this alone or mix it with my moistures when I want to look glowing even when barefaced as it looks natural when applied.

For some color, the Happy Hibiscus Blush ($18) aims to provide color on the cheeks for up to 8 hours. I honestly prefer cream over powder blushes as it looks more natural on my skin. I like the peachy pink color of this one, though. The pigmentation is decent but the powder emphasizes the enlarged pores on my cheeks and I would also need to reapply every now and then. This might be best used by those who don’t have that much texture on their skin.

The Berry + Juice Lip Gel is made with shea butter, soybean, safflower seed oil, sunflower seed oil, blackberry extract, and raspberry fruit extract to hydrate the lips while providing shine and tint. It comes in the shade Rose Currant, Pink Berry, and Cherry Compote.

I don’t wear gloss that much but I reach out for these when I do. My personal favorite is Cherry Compote. All three lip gels feel moisturizing on the lips without being too sticky. The colors look very natural and they smell amazing too. On days I want to look natural, I just reach out for Pink Berry and Rose Currant above a dark lip.

The Seraphine Botanicals Carrot + Rose Hydrating Cream, Camelina + Strobe Luminizing Primer, Happy Hibiscus Blush, and Berry + Juice Lip Gel were provided by @seraphinebotanicals. Available at seraphinebotanicals.com

Makeup Review: Trestique Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent, Sugar Polish + Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry, and Lip Glaze Crayon in Paris Pink

This trip to Bali has had me a bi dependent on the new goodies Trestique sent over a few weeks ago.

My overall glow was amplified by the Highlight Stick ($28) in Maldives Luminescent. This a creamy formula, which contains coconut oil, easily glides on the skin. It has a sheen that can be buildable depending on the wattage you want to shine. I’ve put this on the top of my cheeks, nose, and lips for a subtle glow. It like applying this highlighter with my fingers as its soft texture is easy to control.

I’ve really been enjoying lip balms lately so I always reach for the Sugar Polish + Plumping Lip Balm ($25). The Sugar Polish lip scrub softens the lips but what‘s getting a lot of use is the Plumping Balm, which used marine collagen microspheres and organic shea butter to plump and moisturize the lips. The lip balm equally moisturizes and colors the lips so this is really a one and done product for me. I put this on and get subtle plumpness, adequate moisture, and intense color. I have the Barbados Berry shade and this looks like a cherry-colored tint that has a slight sheen and it just brightens up my face. The soft formula is a joy to apply and the big tube actually helps prevent applying over the lip lines.

Lastly, the Lip Glaze Crayon ($25) has a primer on one side and a stained gloss, which contains cocoa butter, coconut oil, and peach oil, on the other to smooth, hydrate, and provide a shine on the lips. The primer, I don’t really use but it’s good to support my extremely matte lip colors. For the lipgloss, I have the shade Paris Pink, which actually applies a bit transparent on me so I like using it on top of my lip color, usually on top of the Plumping Balm. It has a bit of slip to it and Lip Glaze is such an appropriate name because it does look like I just ate a glazed doughnut whenever I apply this. Since I’ve been walking around a beach town the past few days, I like using this whenever I want to add to the glowy look I’ve been rocking.

The Trestique Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent, Sugar Polish + Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry, and Lip Glaze Crayon in Paris Pink were provided by @trestique. Available at trestique.com

Brand Overview: Em Cosmetics

When Em Cosmetics reached out to me, I said yes because I’ve been a fan of @michellephan, one of the beauty bloggers I admire and go to because she’s has a similar skin tone and features like I do, not because I thought I would find a holy grail in her cruelty-free collection.

I already have a go-to brow pencil but the Fine Liner Brow Pencil ($18) threw it out in the water. This vegan brow pencil is one of the thinnest I’ve seen so I was amazed at the pigmentation. It also applies smooth and light so it’s easy to control and build the color.

I am not lacking in the brow department but I have really fine hair so my brows can look sparse without brow products. This one makes my brows look thicker and fuller but natural. I have a nick on my left brow and only a few on my stash can cover it. I usually use a gel brow color to do so, which can sometimes result in a severe line if I’m not careful.

However, this one provides coverage while still appearing subtle. Like I didn’t have a scar on my brow at all.

The Micro-Fluff Sculpting Brow Cream ($19) has a really thin packaging that houses one of the cutest spoolie I have ever seen. The color Classic Brunette suits my brows perfectly. It gives long-lasting hold and leaves my brows looking fluffy and full. It gets all my thin and short brow hairs, elongating and thickening them and holding its position the whole day. It doesn’t make my brows looks unnatural or like it has pomade on. My only gripe with this is that I am so scared of breaking the wand in half since it’s so thin. Doubly scared when I put the wand back because the tube also has a small opening, making me really take my time on putting the wand back. Most of the time, I hit an edge making me gasp because I thought for sure I broke the wand. Luckily, it hasn’t happened yet because I really love this brow cream.

I really like the brush tip of the Precision Control Liquid Eyeliner ($21) because it’s so thin. This vegan eyeliner feels like a feather on the lids and it’s great for applying a really thin line whenever I don’t want an elaborate eye look and just want to look more awake.

The brush holds so much product that I was able to do a thin line on both eyes without shaking the tube twice. It also helps that the brush tip is so easy to control. I have the shade Brown and it’s a good everyday liner because aside from not smudging, this #eyeliner doesn’t make me tear up if I don’t remove it after 8 hours.

Compared to the color in the packaging, the Infinite Lip Clouds ($20) in shade Rose Nude unexpectedly looks lighter on my lip.

This vegan liquid lipstick feels lightweight. It still works but I was expecting a rosier nude tint but this is more nude than rose. It’s easy to apply with a doe foot applicator that has a thicker bottom than most doe foot applicators. It doesn’t completely dry so don’t expect this to be smudge or transfer free. On the other hand, this doesn’t feel drying and it doesn’t crack.

The True Gloss ($20) feels light and applies easily. I am not a fan of lip glosses and much prefer matte and velvety finish on my lip colors but applying the shades Secret Blush and Red Jasper were easy for me.

I like using Secret Blush, a vegan lipgloss that has a sheer pink tint, as a topper to a nude lipcolor as I have uneven colored lips.

The shade Red Jasper, a muted terracotta, is a go-to if I want to look bolder but not too bold. It looks cute yet age-appropriate if that makes sense. Both glosses provide a slight gloss, a mature one, if you may. They don’t call that much attention but they provide enough sheen. They don’t feel so sticky that it makes drinking or eating difficult, but they don’t last long either, which I don’t really mind.

The Fine Liner Brow Pencil and Micro-Fluff Sculpting Brow Cream were clear standouts for me and have become my holy grail brow products. I have been using them every day since I got them and I can’t imagine not using them ever again.

The Em Cosmetics Fine Liner Brow Pencil, Micro-Fluff Sculpting Brow Cream, Precision Control Liquid Eyeliner, Infinite Lip Clouds, and True Gloss were provided by @emcosmetics. Available at emcosmetics.com